This year marks the 10th birthday of WordPress.com and our parent company, Automattic. We are proud to have served this community of millions: from writers, photographers, artists, and small and large publishers, to business owners and entrepreneurs.
A quick bit of history: WordPress itself started as an open source project in 2003. WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg then built our company, and the free, hosted version — WordPress.com, what you see now — opened for business in the summer of 2005.
Ten years, 2.5 billion posts, and 3 billion comments later, Automattic is stronger than ever — with WordPress.com and a host of other services aimed at helping independent publishers, bloggers, and business owners (the roster includes WooCommerce, Jetpack, Akismet, VaultPress, Polldaddy, Cloudup, Simplenote, Longreads, and more). All this, and we have a perfect record from the Electronic Frontier Foundation for protecting our users’ rights.
In addition to building a world-class publishing platform, our company has redefined what it means to be a global company working on the internet: we have nearly 400 employees, working from home (or their preferred coworking spaces), around the world. We use our own p2 sites to communicate with each other, and we all spend time doing support rotations with the people who matter most: Our users. (Also: we’re hiring!)
And we’re just getting started: 24% of websites on the internet now use WordPress to power their sites, and we believe there’s more for us to accomplish together to continue to make WordPress.com the engine that powers your creativity, your thoughts and ideas, and your business.
Thank you to everyone who makes this community so special. Here’s to the next 10 years.
10 Years: Automattic & WordPress.com by the Numbers
Total number of posts2.5 billionWritten with WordPress.com and Jetpack.
Number of languages137Used across those 2.5 billion posts.
Number of comments3 billionConversations, encouraging words, passionate debates.
Longest title19,176 wordsOn a WordPress.com post.
Longest post ever published10+ millionWords to share with others.
Total support messages2.3 millionBetween customers and happiness engineers.
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